Choose your ca­reer with care

AD­MIS­SION TIME Par­ents, stu­dents throng the HT As­pi­ra­tions fair for in­for­ma­tion on col­leges, cour­ses and ca­reers

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What are the ca­reer op­tions avail­able, apart from that of a doc­tor or en­gi­neer? Is a bach­e­lor of com­merce a bet­ter op­tion than a bach­e­lor of busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion? Where should one study – at a pri­vate uni­ver­sity or a gov­ern­ment col­lege? For stu­dents, choos­ing a good course which leads to a suit­able ca­reer path be­comes very im­por­tant af­ter the Class 12 Board ex­ams.

The quest for the right pro­gramme, col­lege and ca­reer fit on the ba­sis of their in­ter­ests and per­cent­age of marks in the board ex­ams brought thou­sands of stu­dents along with their par­ents to the 14th edi­tion of the Hin­dus­tan Times As­pi­ra­tions ca­reer and coun­selling fair, on May 30-31 at The Ashok, Chanakya­puri, New Delhi, de­spite the swel­ter­ing heat in the Cap­i­tal.

While Sa­garika Dutta, plan- ning to pur­sue his­tory honours was doubt­ful if her 95.25% would get her an ad­mis­sion to St Stephen’s, her dream col­lege, Girish Dua, a par­ent, vis­ited the event to find out if a pri­vate col­lege would be bet­ter for his daugh­ter, who wanted to pur­sue a bach­e­lor of den­tal surgery. Sid­dharth Ohri, who just got his Class 12 re­sults, wanted to find out more about a ca­reer in stock broking.

A panel of ex­perts, in­clud­ing prin­ci­pals, vice chan­cel­lors and se­nior pro­fes­sors from Delhi Uni­ver­sity col­leges and pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties were avail­able at coun­selling ses­sions. On the first day, Asha Singh, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor, Lady Ir­win Col­lege, and Kanika K Ahuja, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor, Lady Shri Ram Col­lege, pa­tiently an­swered their queries.

Lively in­ter­ac­tions took place be­tween the au­di­ence and Sushma Singh, direc­tor, Ca­reer Smart, and Jaideep Chat­ter­jee, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor, Shiv Nadar Uni­ver­sity. Dr Prat­i­bha Jolly, prin­ci­pal, Mi­randa House, Am­rit Su­jan, direc­tor, Ca­reer Smart, Dr Ami­tava Babi Mi­tra, pro­fes­sor and dean, BML Mun­jal Uni­ver­sity.

To a stu­dent want­ing to find out where he could do a BBA, Sushma Singh ad­vised that any in­sti­tute recog­nised by the Uni­ver­sity Grants Com­mis­sion would be the right choice.

On a num­ber of queries re­lated to study­ing in the US, Chat­ter­jee said the most im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber was that only those who had com­pleted 12 plus four years of study would be ac­cept­able for higher stud­ies. “Hav­ing taught abroad what we used to look for in ap­pli­cants was not which col­lege they came from. It wasn’t just GRE or GMAT. We also look at the State­ment of Pur­pose (SoP), let­ter of rec­om­men­da­tion and so on.”

So, even if you build up ex­pe­ri­ence for your SoP, make sure you do some rel­e­vant work and projects be­fore you ap­ply.” If you want to do a drop year, think very care­fully about what you want to do,” Singh said.

More than col­lege or course, you would be re­ally lucky if you got to study or work with the right kind of peo­ple. “If you have the right kind of peo­ple you stud­ied un­der who can guide you – that re­ally helps,” Chat­ter­jee ad­vised.

“Be­fore you de­cide on a ca­reer, de­cide the coun­try you want to work in and study the em­ploy­ment out­look in the sec­tor you plan to ap­ply for, three years from now. This would help you make a fruit­ful choice of ca­reer,” said Dr Prat­i­bha Jolly. In In­dia, you can ex­pect a de­mand for grad­u­ates who un­der­stand smart cities, have the abil­ity to tackle is­sues in the ar­eas of en­ergy and sus­tain­able re­sources, devel­op­ment sec­tor, so­cial ser­vices sec­tor and ed­u­ca­tion, she added.

“Stu­dents should also think about the kind of job they want to do af­ter grad­u­a­tion. A de­gree would de­pend on where one wants to be af­ter grad­u­a­tion, a shopfloor, fac­tory, of­fice room or on-site,” said Am­rit Su­jan.

With the on- go­ing Delhi Uni­ver­sity ad­mis­sions, sev­eral ques­tions were asked about cut- off per­cent­ages, cal­cu­lat­ing the per­cent­ages of best of four sub­jects, ap­ply­ing through sports quota and f i l l i ng t he on­line ap­pli­ca­tion form.

Sev­eral stu­dents en­quired about check­ing the au­then­tic­ity of a pri­vate in­sti­tute. An­swer­ing them, Dr Pankaj Gupta, vice chan­cel­lor, Apee­jay Stya Uni­ver­sity, said, “Short­list the in­sti­tute you want to ap­ply for. Visit their cam­pus. Talk to stu­dents and alumni. Talk to the hos­tel war­den, have food in the mess, an­a­lyse the at­ti­tude of the in­sti­tute’s staff and ver­ify the claims with re­gard to af­fil­i­a­tion with the re­spec­tive reg­u­la­tory bod­ies.” Stu­dents should cross-check the AICTE and UGC web­site t o ver­ify t he recog­ni­tion of the pri­vate in­sti­tutes t h e y we r e ap­ply­ing to.

Asha Singh, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor, Lady Ir­win Col­lege (left), Sushma Singh, as­so­ciate direc­tor, Ca­reers Smart and Kanika K Ahuja, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor, Lady Shri Ram Col­lege.

Par­ents in­ter­acted with pan­el­lists to seek ex­pert guid­ance on plan­ning their chil­dren’s fu­ture.

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